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Young Enterprise Scotland

Industry: Education & Skills Development   

About the organisation: Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) is a registered charity which inspires and educates young people from all backgrounds through a range of enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes. In 2018, they launched the Circular Economy (CE) Challenge, a six-week programme working with primary and secondary schools throughout the Glasgow area to introduce young people to the circular economy.

Key sustainability highlights:

  • To date, around 3000 pupils have completed the Circular Economy Challenge
  • YES showcases circular practices throughout its site at Rouken Glen Park

In detail

The Circular Economy six-week challenge begins with a visit to Young Enterprise Scotland’s site at Rouken Glen Park. YES live by the circular economy rules they teach and the site includes a bike recycling scheme, ship containers repurposed into classrooms, a greenhouse for their own food production and their own beehives.

Following this visit and throughout the rest of the programme, the young people work with YES and local circular economy entrepreneurs and businesses to come up with their own circular product or business model.

The Circular Economy Challenge is linked to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

It also supports Learning for Sustainability with its focus on learners as leaders; responsible use of the planet’s resources; skills for work and; tackling climate change.

After 6 weeks of hard work, the programme culminates in a dragon’s den style showcase where the young entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts.

In 2018, 3 of the pupils also got the opportunity to showcase their circular products at the Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland, which was attended by 400 business professionals and the First Minister of Scotland.

Learn more

YES Circular Economy Challenge

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